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300,000

I wrote this post before the recent coup attempt in Washington, but it’s all still true. Even more so.

Time to be blunt. The official number of COVID-19 deaths today is over 336,000. 3,725 Americans died yesterday. This in a country that tore the world apart over a lesser number on a single day” 9–11. But it’s a daily occurrence now and getting higher. People are dying outside hospitals because there’s no room for them. And it’s not just COVID-19 people. Don’t you dare have a heart attack or a car accident or a stroke now. You’re fucked.

The reality is that it’s much higher for several reasons: many die alone and are never autopsied and added to the total. They die alone because they have no health care plan and don’t think they can afford to go to the doctor, never mind the emergency room. That they can ride it out, but once your blood oxygen level gets too low, it’s too late. …


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Water

Water is most often our survival priority as we can only last three days without it. So tasks 19 and 20 are basic and then more advanced about what you need.


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Honor Code

A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.”

This is one of the first things imprinted on New Cadets when they arrive at West Point for Beast Barracks. Along with such tantalizing bits as “How’s the cow?” and “How many gallons in Lusk Reservoir?” You know, important stuff. There was also grazing fire range for the M-60 machinegun, which is kind of useful and I still know.

Latest kerfuffle is that a bunch of beanheads, plebes, smackheads, whatever you want to call what other schools call freshman, got caught cheating because all got the same answer wrong on a test. The first thing that leaps to mind is a great lack of imagination on part of those caught in that they could have switched things up a bit. …


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Stonehenge

I was looking at what today is, and what happened in history on this day, and realized that over my 30 years of writing, I’ve covered a lot of ground. My wife is kinda tired of me saying “I wrote about that” when something comes up on TV.

The Fetterman Massacre in 1866 was a prelude to what happened to Custer a decade later. I’ve been to the site of Fort Kearney walked “over Lodge Pole Ridge” as Fetterman did when breaking orders — to be massacreed. I’ve written about it and Custer in several books, both fiction and non-fiction. In the Atlantis series one theme is how past massacres play a role in a future event in terms of psychic energy. …


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COVID

Tennessee is #1. Yay! 1 out of every 100 people are infected with active COVID. Here in Knoxville, where we live, we have a bunch of hospitals, including UT’s large medical center. There are zero ICU beds available. So don’t even think about having a heart attack, or a stroke, or getting in an accident, because dickheads who couldn’t be bothered to wear a mask or socially distance are taking that bed.

That sounds rough, and yes, I know there are infected people who took precautions, but let’s be real. I’ve got eyes. I see the people gathering on boats, in the parks, at churches that somehow are still open. All the family gatherings at Thanksgiving, because, God forbid, they can’t do without. They’re special. …


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Liked it a lot. Let’s start with that. Lots of action, lots of locales, lots of strangeness regarding time, which always sucks me in.

Some semi-spoilers ahead, but that doesn’t really matter. Because your guess on a lot of this is as good as mine.

I don’t understand it yet, and have a feeling, as noted in the extra material, that the physics and concept underlying it will never add up. Even Christopher Nolan admits that. …


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It is unlikely your team will all be in the same place when a disaster strikes. We are overly reliant on cell phone communication. In a moderate or extreme emergency, it is likely that this service will either be interrupted (lack of power, towers destroyed) or overwhelmed with too many people trying to call at the same time. On Nine-Eleven, many people were frustrated in their attempts to use their cell phones. Also, texts are more likely to get through and use less battery than voice.

If there is an extended power outage, even if service isn’t interrupted, will you be able to recharge your cell phones? …

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Bob Mayer

West Point grad; Special Ops Vet; NY Times bestseller of over 80 books; for free books and over 200 free downloadable slideshows go to www.bobmayer.com

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